Toyota is preparing a more powerful and redesigned Corolla for 2008: it will feature edgier look and more powerful engines.

The base engine will be the new 1.8-liter engine that was first used in the 2008 Scion xD. it has an output of 128 hp and a peak torque of 125 hp. Not that impressive compared to the 126 hp of the current Corolla.

The most powerful engine will be a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-banger mated with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

Same engines will be used for the successor to the Corolla-derived Matrix five-door hatchback, which could be named Blade when it debuts about the same time as the redesigned Corolla.

Current generation Corolla will be sold until 2008 and the new generation will go on sale in 2009.

Source: Automotive News

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